OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry made a career playoff-high seven 3-pointers and scored 33 points, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Los Angeles 118-97 on Sunday to even a first-round series that has been pulled into a race-related scandal involving the Clippers' owner.
Clippers players made a silent protest against Donald Sterling by shedding their warm-up jerseys and going through pregame routine with their red shirts on inside out.
Curry and the Warriors made another kind of statement.
The All-Star guard made his first five 3s to give Golden State a 20-point lead in the first quarter that held up most of the way. Curry shot 7 of 14 from 3-point range.
Clippers stage silent protest to owner
The Clippers are made a silent protest of owner Donald Sterling's purported
comments urging a woman to not bring black people to his team's games.
The Clippers ran out of the tunnel for Game 4 of their first-round playoff series at Golden State on Sunday wearing their warm-up uniforms. They huddled together at center court and tossed their warm-ups to the ground and went through their pregame routine with their red Clippers' shirts on inside-out to hide the team's logo. They also wore black bands on their wrists or arms and black socks in a show of solidarity.
Clippers players again chose to remain silent and not speak out on Sterling's alleged comments before the game. Coach Doc Rivers said he would be the only one to speak for the team on the issue.
Kevin Johnson: "This is a defining moment for the NBA"
Meanwhile, the players union, still without an executive director since firing Billy Hunter in February 2013, has asked former NBA All-Star and current Sacramento
Mayor Kevin Johnson to take a leading role on the players' behalf to address the Sterling matter.
Johnson says there will be no league-wide protest by players or any kind of boycott because there's enough attention on the issue already and that players "trust" that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver "will do the right thing."
News10 Videos from Sunday
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, assisting the NBA Players Association, addresses the shocking racist comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, gives the NBAPA's message to the league, and talks about the players silent protest. News10/KXTV
Sacramento Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive gives his thoughts on the Donald Sterling comments, pledges support to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Mayor Kevin Johnson leading the NBA Players Association. News10/KXTV
Golden State Warriors guard/forward Klay Thompson talks about winning Game 4 over the Los Angeles Clippers to even the series, the hot start from Stephen Curry and LA playing after shocking comments from their owner Donald Sterling. News10/KXTV
Golden State Warriors forward David Lee talks about the hot start from Stephen Curry to lead them to a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers to even the series at 2-2, and LA playing after shocking comments from their owner Donald Sterling News10/KXTV